Earth Notes: On Micro-survey Results
All the micro-polls taken on this site are totally non-scientific straw polls of a self-selected motivated sub-set of readers, etc, etc... (Which means that the tabloid press may pick these numbers up and run with them as unvarnished truths! Hint: please don't!)
Heating Off in April and On in November? (2017-)
Twitter followers' actions were surveyed several times.
One person said "Heating on most of the year - that's what thermostats are for, surely?"
2017/10/03: @MyRadbot asked: Who has already turned their heating on, dear UK peeps?: (n=6) 1/3rd yes, 2/3rds no, and one from northern Scotland asking "What's off?"
2018/04/09: @EarthOrgUK asked: Time for THAT question again! Which UK peeps have turned OFF their central heating now?
- Yes 22%
- No 58%
- What's off? 16%
- Other 4%
Total vote count was 112.
(Thanks for all the votes! Looks like it was just too cold for most people to hit 'off'. We did, mainly, subject to our younger one turning up his own room @MyRadbot without prior consultation!)
2018/06/21: @EarthOrgUK asked: How many Tweeps (in the UK) still have their heating switched on June 21?
- Yes 5%
- No 79%
- What's off again? 16%
- Other 0%
Total vote count was 19.
@ed_davies (Caithness, Scotland) said: "Answered "what's off"? Oil boiler sort of died, removed the other day then found that replacement was wrong type. Using electric heater in living room pending new one, rest of house at 16 °C, kitchen extension at 14.5 °C."
@Zapaman said: "No heating since some time in April but temperature fine (well insulated house, sufficient thermal mass)," and attached a chart!
What Topic Next? (2009)
Closing in September 2009, I had asked: "What topics would you most like me to write up here next?":
|Electric cars, bikes and scooters||11% (3)|
|Wind turbines at home||11% (3)|
|Installing solar PV (for electricity) at home||14% (4)|
|Installing solar thermal (for hot water) at home||11% (3)|
|Efficient dishwashing||18% (5)|
|Train travel: is it 'green'?||7% (2)|
|Supermarket home delivery vs using your own car||11% (3)|
|Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs) and saving energy||7% (2)|
|Is bulk buying of food a good idea?||7% (2)|
|Re-use: library vs buying books||4% (1)|
(Total votes: 28)
How do you feel about Electric Cars? (2008)
Closing in September 2008, Solar John took a poll: "Because of rapidly rising gasoline prices it's likely that we'll soon be driving electric cars. As a result of battery issues some car companies plan to lease batteries instead of selling them with the car. How do you feel about that?" The results were:
|I prefer to lease the car and lease the batteries.||0% (0)|
|I prefer to buy the car and lease the batteries.||38% (8)|
|I prefer to buy the car and buy the batteries.||61% (13)|
Spending on Insulation? (2008)
Starting at the end of August 2008 I asked: "How much are you spending or have you spent on conservation/insulation for this winter (in the Northern Hemisphere)?" and received the initial 15 responses in the first day, mainly from people already very interested in generating their own power, etc, and then an equal and maybe more typical response over the next fortnight:
|Answer||Initial Wave (15, first 24h)||Full (31, after 2 weeks)|
|Nothing: I can't be bothered.||0% (0)||3% (1)|
|Nothing: I have no money.||0% (0)||3% (1)|
|Nothing: I rent and/or don't pay bills.||13% (2)||10% (3)|
|Less than my annual electricity+heating bills.||27% (4)||45% (14)|
|As much or more than my annual electricity+heating bills.||53% (8)||39% (12)|
Are You Reducing CO2 Now? (2008)
Over April 2008 I asked "Are you reducing GHG/CO2 emissions for your home and/or business this year?" and received the following (30) responses:
|Yes, I intend to reduce.||13% (4)|
|Yes, I have already reduced.||70% (21)|
|I'd like to do more but I'm short of cash.||3% (1)|
|I'd like to do more but I don't know what.||3% (1)|
|No, I think that I can't make a difference.||0% (0)|
|No, I think global warming and GHG-worry is a waste of time.||7% (2)|
Green Spend at Home? (2008)
Early 2008 research from the Co-op Bank suggested that the UK public plans to spend more than £13b to make their homes greener in 2008 (an average of £550 per house per year). Two-thirds claimed that they had reduced their carbon footprint in the past year.
Electricity Use at Home? (2008)
An informal on-line poll of usage per month, in a blog read by a worldwide audience including the UK and US, indicated as of 2008/02/04 that the modal monthly kWh (mains) electricity use is around 500 to 600:
|How much electricity do you use each month?|
|Less than 300kWh||18|
|300 to 600kWh||26|
|600 to 900kWh||18|
|900 to 1200kWh||8|
|1200 to 1500kWh||12|
|1500 to 1800kWh||2|
|More than 1800kWh||11|